Enthusiasts have been comparing the profiles of the redesigned 2012 VW Beetle to the Audi TT and Porsche 911 for months.
And Volkswagen executives are grinning about the comparison.
"The genes of Ferry Porsche are in all the cars," Rainer Michel, vice president of product marketing and strategy for Volkswagen of America, said this week.
If the new Beetle resembles its more expensive and more successful brothers, it "is a good thing," Michel said at a dinner in Berlin on the eve of the Beetle's international press drive.
Since the Beetle debuted in April in Shanghai, Berlin and New York, VW executives have insisted the new design is more masculine and marks a return to the more iconic shape of the original Beetle.
Translation: It will no longer be a "chick car" driven by middle-aged women and will enjoy wider appeal in other markets. The last Beetle -- produced from 1998 to 2010 -- was largely an American car. The U.S. market accounted for 72 percent of global sales.